Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:36 am

Hi Acolada,

First: Welcome to the forums
Second: Have you created a support case for this? Honestly I doubt that it is Veeam that causes the problem but since we are involved, I wouldn't mind that our engineers look into this further. What you describe is not normal in my mind and besides us looking into this, I hope you can let MSFT look into it also.

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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby nmdange » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:33 pm

Sounds like there are still problems https://blog.workinghardinit.work/2017/ ... rver-2016/
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:59 am

Yes,

And while we have a support case with MSFT, we always encourage others to do the same... Hoping that if there are more people, there is more pressure to get this solved faster...
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby Kage » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:00 am

hi guys,

I proposing to my end user to use Microsoft Failover Cluster with 2 Windows Server 2016 servers to make high availability. inside will have vm as file servers and also vm as application server. Basicly it is a 2 nodes with hyper-v clustering wit one shared storage connecting via iscsi.

Here is my architecture:

Main site:
2 Windows 2016 with Hyper-v roles

Backup infrastructure:
Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V 9.5 Update 3
Veeam agent for windows 2.1

My goal :
to backup all vm with image-level backup. certain vm will running SQL with 2008 r2 and 2012 r2 guest OS.


1) Is it possible?
2) Shared storage of file servers can be a VHDX? do i need to setup vm as vhd set?
3) Should i use RDM for file server?
3) VAW 2.1 is now support failover cluster, as i read. so its need to install on host or inside guest vm?
4) if yes (install inside guest vm), then i need to have enough agent for all vm?

please advise
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:02 pm

Hi Kage,

You won't be able to backup all those VM's with image-level backup. The problem resides in the guest clusters with shared VHDX (VHD set). Because of issues we still can't protect it. This is tracked with MSFT and they already brought updates for it but it still not solved. Everyone is having this issue and we are all hoping that this will get solved soon. See here for more details: https://blog.workinghardinit.work/tag/vhd-set/

This means that in the current time, you can protect all VM's without shared disk image-level, and the other ones you can install VAW in-guest. That will allow you to protect those failover clusters.

Hope it helps
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby nmdange » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:31 pm

I saw this in the update 3 release nodes, would it allow the vhd set to be skipped?

Hyper-V 2016 VMs with non-snapshottable disk such as disks connected via in-guest iSCSI initiator can now be processed by backup and replication jobs, with unsupported disks skipped and their content not included in a backup or replica. If you’d rather prefer the job to fail on such VMs (legacy behavior), create HyperVIgnoreNonSnapshottableDisks (DWORD) value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication registry key on the backup server.
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby spgsit5upport » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:43 am

So basically 2016 is still unusable, right?

I am on 2012 R2 where at least I can have shared vmdx backed up in crash consistent mode (for backup & as workaround for DR - due to ne replication possible)

I simply can not move to 2016 in that case!
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby RGijsen » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:09 pm

spgsit5upport wrote:So basically 2016 is still unusable, right?

I am on 2012 R2 where at least I can have shared vmdx backed up in crash consistent mode (for backup & as workaround for DR - due to ne replication possible)

I simply can not move to 2016 in that case!


Avoid it at all cost. We made the move to 2016 and after one and a half year of tickets, gigabytes of useless logs, tiresome idiotic questions and so on we are STILL unable to backup our guest-clusters. Something that worked at least reasonably in 2012R2. I can't understand how MS think in these things. They invent a complete new mechanism for shared disks, VHDS, with some nice feautres and some limitations, fair enough. But the ability to properly backup should be one of the main concerns imho. VMs are backed up in block-level, no-one smart would consider to backup from within the guest itself, unless a very good reason. Hence that should just work. In addition, we are being promised fixes for this for over a year now. Still no cigar.

Don't build your production environment on that. We are even considering moving back to 2012R2.
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby bplancic » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:32 am

Hi,

my setup is this - hyper-v 2016 cluster with two WS 2016 VMs which make up SQL cluster. SQL cluster uses shared disks. What would be the way to backup this SQL cluster? If I'm not mistaken application aware processing won't work because of snapshot problems with shared disks but I would like to have some kind of backup - SQL databases will be backed up using scripts. Should I backup only system drives of cluster servers and leave out vhds disks (which seems kind of pointless...), could I use Veeam Agent...

BTW I opened a case with MS (case 118042018042101) and got an answer that they are working on it and that should be relased with WS 2019

Thank you in advance
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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby spgsit5upport » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:49 am

@RGijsen

Thanks for this. Sadly that is what I expected. But at least this allows me to plan accordingly

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Re: Backing up a Windows Failover Cluster with Shared vhdx?

Veeam Logoby Jan1987 » Wed May 16, 2018 7:56 am

Hello

Is the bug still there?

We have a virtual server 2016 SQL Failover Cluster with VHD Set disk.

The backup fails because ConfigStoreRootPath is not set. But I have set that.

The SQL Cluster is running on a Hyper-V 2016 cluster.

Best Regards,
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